Cardiff Award

Introducing our brand new Award: The Enterprise Award!

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Here at Award HQ we have some very exciting news.  We are launching a new strand: the Cardiff Enterprise Award, and we need students for our pilot commencing in March…

The Cardiff Enterprise Award supports you to develop your enterprise skills and celebrates your success in using them to launch a new project or business idea.

What’s it all about?

The “Cardiff Enterprise Award” will start in March 2015.

Enterprise is about spotting an opportunity or identifying a problem; coming up with a solution and putting it into practice. Essentially, it is about having an idea and making it happen. Enterprise skills are valuable to you whatever your future career plans.This very practical sense of putting your ideas into practice and actually doing something with them will run through the Award.

When is it?

The Cardiff Enterprise Award will run from March 2015 to March 2016. Applications need to be submitted by Sunday 1st March 2015.

Who can take part?

The Cardiff Enterprise Award is open to all current 1st and 2nd year Undergraduates across all disciplines.

What do I have to do?

To participate in the Cardiff Award: Enterprise, you will need to spend some time through the Award developing and implementing your own project, socially enterprising idea or business. This could be anything from

  • planning and running a new event for your society
  • Organising and running an event to raise funds for a charity
  • developing a fundraising campaign for your sports club
  • running a project to meet an identified need in the local community
  • or starting your own business part-time.

You can develop your project or business on your own or as part of a team. If you are a member of a team you will need to demonstrate that you personally had a role in developing and driving the project.

Your project or business idea doesn’t need to be able to change the world, but it should take a new and innovative approach. If you are unsure if a particular activity will be eligible, please get in touch with the Award team for guidance.

You will also need to undertake some additional activities such as a small number of compulsory workshops and at least 2 enterprise-focused events or competitions.

What do I get out of it? 

Successful completion of the Cardiff Enterprise Award will give you:

  • A good understanding of the process of implementing your own ideas
  • Development or practical skills  to put on your CV.
  • An understanding of the skills sought by employers.
  • Practical examples to provide to future employers or to help you further develop your own ideas.
  • Improved self-confidence and self-awareness.

How is it assessed?

To pass The Cardiff Enterprise Award you are required to:

  • Undertake at least 70 hours of enterprise-focused extra/co-curricular activities and develop your own project or business idea (see below for further details)
  • Complete a Skills Audit at the beginning and end of the process (this will help you identify strengths and weaknesses and will aid your reflection as you approach the end of the Award).
  • Undertake a set number of personal development sessions including a small number of compulsory sessions.
  • Present written submissions to evidence your learning, specifically in relation to the skills and competencies listed below:  1) Complete a Business Model Canvas (a one page business/project plan) and 2)  a competency based application form.
  • Present your project or business idea (whether complete or in development) in a 3 minute pitch.

You will be given lots more information about each of these requirements and given support to complete the activities when needed. 

How to apply

Send an email (no more that 300 words) to enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk with the following information:

  • your course name, year of study and student ID number
  • why you want to participate in the Cardiff Enterprise Award and what you hope to get out of it
  • What activities you think you might undertake to complete the Award, including any relevant societies or groups you are a member of. eg developing a project to raise funds for your society, test trading a new business idea, working on a project in the local community etc

Don’t worry if you don’t know what project you might undertake just yet, we can help you to develop your ideas.

Can’t wait to hear from you…

Speak soon

Kathryn

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